In 1961, the Mansfield, Ohio, Board of Education established Mansfield School of Technology, the predecessor of North Central State College. This institution's primary purpose was to provide local residents with technical training so that they could advance in the workplace or secure better careers. In 1968, the Ohio Board of Regents authorized Mansfield School of Technology to become North Central Technical College. This new institution expanded its programs beyond Mansfield to include residents of Ashland, Crawford, and Richland Counties. As the college continued to grow and offered a wider array of courses, the institution became known, in 1999, as North Central State College. North Central State College shares facilities with The Ohio State University at Mansfield. The college also offered courses in Shelby, Ohio. In 2005, North Central State College offered nearly thirty Associate degree and thirty certificate degree programs.
The College has articulation agreements with a number of four-year institutions in Ohio for students who wish to transfer to other institutions and continue their education without the loss of credits earned.
John O. Riedl Hall (Administration and Classroom Building), OSU
Jeffrey Molyet Village Apartments, OSU/NC State
James W. Kehoe Center for Advanced Learning, a building that is part of North Central State College is located about six miles (9 km) northwest of the main campus on State Route 39 at 175 Mansfield Avenue in Shelby, Ohio.